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Defending U.S. Waters at Supreme Court

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The first case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009 will be

argued on Monday by Earthjustice as we oppose a combined attack

on our nation's waterways by the Bush administration and Alaska

Gov. Sarah Palin.

We are sending out this news alert to our supporters because of

the issue's great significance.

Bush and Palin are jointly asking the Supreme Court to

re-interpret the Clean Water Act so that the mining industry can

dump its wastes in streams, rivers and lakes throughout America.

They want permission to kill every fish and organism in a

particular waterway if necessary.

The only obstacle to achieving their ambitions is Earthjustice.

Arguing the case is Earthjustice attorney Tom Waldo, whose

appearance before the Supreme Court climaxes a successful,

years-long battle in lower courts to prevent a mining company

from killing a pristine Alaska lake with chemically treated

waste. It's this case the high court is hearing on Monday.


Learn more about Earthjustice's Supreme Court case:



But, as Tom knows all too well, the stakes are much higher than

one small lake. An adverse decision would make a shambles of the

Clean Water Act and the waters it is supposed to protect.

The threat is especially imminent in Alaska, whose governor

openly promotes unrestrained dumping of mine tailings because of

the mining boom it could ignite. The first venture to benefit

would be the proposed Pebble Mine -- a monster gold mine planned

to operate above Alaska's remarkable Bristol Bay, home to the

world's richest sockeye salmon fishery. Dumping mine wastes into

its waters could be disastrous.

As a supporter of Earthjustice, you have the opportunity to read

a live report from the Supreme Court on Monday through our blog,

unEarthed. The case will be heard at 10 a.m. (EST), and we

expect to have our first blog report shortly after noon.


Read the live report on Monday at Earthjustice's blog,





Trip Van Noppen

President, Earthjustice


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